Monday 23 October 2017

How to dress up little angels for heavenly prices

Kathleen O'Callaghan

PARENTS of little girls making their First Holy Communion can breathe a sigh of relief.

The frothy meringues of the boom years are out -- and the more affordable and simple communion dresses have made a comeback.

This year reasonably priced dresses and boys suits are back in stores.

Not only are this year's styles cheaper but they are also deemed a lot more tasteful than the garb in the Celtic Tiger years.

A girls or boy's communion outfit, which are usually worn under a religious robe called an alb, now cost substantially less than in previous years .

In schools where parents are asked to vote between wearing a traditional outfit or a sackcloth-style alb, they are voting for the popular dress or suit instead.

Although most communions take place in May, a lot of parents shop early for bargains .

With this in mind, Marks & Spencer unveiled their communion dress and suit collection yesterday.

Outfitters Elliot Chambers are also selling online at communion and from their studio in Goatstown, Dublin.

They are also hosting a communion showcase at the Goat Grill's pub, Goatstown, Dublin, this Saturday and Sunday from midday.

Later this month Debenhams in Dublin will have a range of Jasper Conran communion dresses in stock for €90.

Also in the capital, Arnotts are selling dresses by Isabella in for €275 and designs by David Charles for €260.

But for those parents who would prefer to keep that extra €200 for tuition and education costs, there remains lots of places to shop around.

Irish Independent

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